Single Faggot

Structural Category


Specific Usage


Other Names

Diagonal Line; Diagonal Square; Four-Sided Openwork; Single Faggot Filling




This stitch is worked on an evenly woven fabric with easily counted threads. The stitches are worked over the same number of vertical and horizontal threads. The diagrams show them worked over two threads, but the number of threads may vary. The stitches are usually pulled tightly to produce a lace-like effect. The needle is always inserted on the diagonal.



Bring the needle up at A in the upper right of the shape to be filled. The needle enters at B and comes out at C directly below A.

The needle enters at the same hole at A and comes out at D to the left of C.



This is a repeat of Step 1 (to show progression).

This is a repeat of Step 2 (to show progression). Continue the pattern following Steps 1 and 2.



When turning for the second journey, start from C and insert the needle at A but bring it out to the right of C at D (rather than to the left of C as shown in Step 4).

Insert the needle in the same hole at C and bring it up at B.



Insert the needle at D and bring it up at E.

Insert the needle at B and bring it up at B1 using the same holes from the previous row. Continue the pattern by following Steps 6 and 7.



To make a right-angle turn when making a pattern, start the Single Faggot as in Step 5.

Insert the needle at C and bring it up at E, which is directly below D.



Insert the needle at D and bring it up at F.

Insert the needle at E and bring it up at G. (This is the same as Step 10). Repeat Steps 10 and 11 to complete the row.

Diagram source: Venessa Harrold, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Lantz, Sherlee and Maggie Lane. A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas, p. 433.
McNeill, Moira. Pulled Thread, p. 60.
Snook, Barbara. Needlework Stitches, p. 84.
Thomas, Mary. Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1989), p. 192.